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Repair Center  How to Replace the Fuel Filters in Your Outdoor Power Equipment

Why Read This Article?

  • Learn the differences between fuel filter types.
  • Learn the skills to replace filters in all your power equipment. 

Article Breakdown

Repair Information:
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Frequency: As needed Replacing an In-Tank Filter:
1. Remove the fuel cap.
2. Retrieve the filter.
3. Remove the filter.
4. Install the new filter.
5. Situate the filter in the tank. Replacing an In-Line Filter:
1. Clamp the fuel lines.
2. Remove the filter clamps.
3. Remove the filter.
4. Install the new filter.
5. Remove the fuel line clamps.

Video

Tools & Materials

  • Pliers
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Fuel-line clamps
  • Sturdy piece of wire
  • Other tools may be needed to remove panels and/or shrouds

How to Replace the Fuel Filters in Your Outdoor Power Equipment

November 15, 2012
This article will help you troubleshoot your fuel-line replacement repairs. 
Fuel filters remove debris before it hits the carburetor in your gas-powered lawn equipment. After enough use, filters can clog up and your equipment won't run properly. This article will help guide you though the steps needed to replace both in-tank and in-line fuel filters. 

  You'll find in-tank filters on hand-held equipment such as trimmers, hedge clippers, and stick edgers. In-line filters help clean fuel in larger equipment such as lawn mowers, tillers, and riding mowers.  Check out our lawn equipment parts page to find filters for all your yard equipment.    Replacing an In-Tank Filter

1. Remove the fuel cap

Remove the fuel cap to gain access to the filter. 

 

2. Retrieve the filter

Now you can retrieve the filter. Take a piece of coat hanger or a similarly stiff bit of wire and fashion a hook in one end and a loop in the other.

 

Use the hooked end to grab the fuel line and pull the filter from the tank. 

 

3. Remove the filter

Now you can remove the filter. Use a flat-head screwdriver to slide the retaining clamp down the fuel line. Then the filter should slide right off. 

 

4. Install the new filter

Slide the new filter onto the fuel line. Then use your screwdriver to position the clamp firmly over the filter nipple.

 

5. Situate the filter in the tank

Drop the filter back into the tank, then use your wire tool to make sure it's sitting on the bottom where it can filter the fuel.

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  Replacing an In-Line Filter We used a snow blower for this repair. Depending on your lawn equipment, you may have to remove shrouds and panels to access the filter. In the case of this blower, we removed one shroud. 

1. Clamp the fuel lines

Use a set of fuel-line clamps--or another pair of clamps you can lock down and leave--to clamp the fuel lines above and below the filter. This will prevent fuel from leaking out of the lines. 

 

2. Remove the filter clamps

Now you can use your pliers to slide the clamps securing the filters out of the way. 

 

3. Remove the filter

With the filter clamps out of the way, you can slide the filter off each of the fuel lines. 

 

4. Install the new filter

Press the new filter into each of the fuel lines. Then slide the filter clamps back into place over the filter nipples with your pliers. 

 

5. Remove the fuel line clamps

Now just remove the fuel line clamps you installed earlier to finalize the repair. 

 

Don't forget to replace any covers and/or shrouds you may have removed earlier.    [Back to Top]   Conclusion And that's how you can replace in-tank or in-line fuel filters in about 10 minutes. This repair will help breathe new life into poorly performing outdoor equipment and will give you the skills to perform filter maintenance on your entire arsenal of lawn equipment.  
Don't forget to see all of the parts we carry for your trimmers here.   [Back to Top] What We're About  

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